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War in Ukraine kills at least 8,317 civilians, 13,892 wounded – UN

KYIV. March 21 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Civilian casualties from February 24, 2022, after the start of the war against Ukraine by Russia, to March 19, 2023 amounted to 22,209 civilians (as of March 12 some 21,965), including 8,317 killed (8,231), the Office of the High Commissioner of the United Nations Human Rights Organization (OHCHR) has said on Monday.

“OHCHR believes that the actual figures are considerably higher, as the receipt of information from some locations where intense hostilities have been going on has been delayed and many reports are still pending corroboration,” the UN said.

This concerns, for example, Mariupol (Donetsk region), Lysychansk, Popasna, and Sievierodonetsk (Luhansk region), where there are allegations of numerous civilian casualties.

According to confirmed UN data, some 3,713 men, some 2,211 women, 261 boys and 204 girls died, while the gender of 31 children and 1,897 adults has not yet been determined.

Among the 13,892 injured were 415 boys and 295 girls, as well as 272 children whose gender has not yet been determined.

Compared to March 12, two children killed and three more were injured.

If earlier the OHCHR report on the number of casualties was published daily, and then only on weekdays, since July it has become a weekly one. In this summary, as in the previous one, the data are given by months.

According to them, the number of deaths in February decreased to 141 from 198 in January and 206 in December, but in 19 days of March it was 113.

March remains the deadliest month for civilians, with a minimum of 4,007 deaths, according to the UN. In April, according to an OHCHR publication, the number of civilian deaths due to the war fell to 764, in May to 521, in June to 422 and in July to 378. In the first five days of the war, from February 24 to February 28, some 358 people died, for August some 332, for September some 387, for October some 305 and for November some 185.

The number of wounded in February was 458, also became the lowest since the beginning of the war: in January there were 539, in December some 617, in November some 541, in the first five days of the war in February last year some 465, and in 19 days of this March some 356. In October, the number of wounded fell to 795 from 976 in September, when it was higher than in August some 917. Before that, the number of wounded each month exceeded 1,000: July some 1,126, June some 1,104, May some 1,136, April some 1,888, March some 2,972.

According to the report, since the beginning of March of this year, some 100 people have been killed and 298 injured by explosive weapons with a wide area of effect, while 18 people have died and 58 people have been injured by mines and explosive remnants of war (16% of the total losses).

Government-controlled territories accounted for 84% of the victims in March, according to the UN.

The summary has traditionally stated that the increase in figures from the previous summary should not be attributed only to cases after March 12, since during this period the Office verified a number of cases from previous days.